|I don't share your apparent view of people - my neighbours, for example - as
dumb, selfish, anti-social brutes whose lack of class consciousness is
primarily the product of manipulation by the advertising industry. Most of
them today don't feel the need to form unions or to act politically because
they are still employed and have access to credit to buy homes and cars, and
generally enjoy spending time with their relatives, friends, and workmates.
If these conditions change and they and those to whom they feel a strong
kinship were to begin suffering serious distress, I think they'd respond
pretty much as previous generations did in times of crisis.